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Video- Don’t Even Call These People Fans After An Incident In The Chicago Blackhawks Game

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

 Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly went to the penalty box after a fight 8:36 into the third period Saturday night at United Center, and four fans sitting against the glass of the box chanted “Basketball, basketball, basketball!” at him, according to a team spokesman. Smith-Pelly is black.

Smith-Pelly reacted, confronting the fans through the glass while holding his stick. An off-ice official sitting next to him in the penalty box notified building security, and the fans were kicked out of the arena. Smith-Pelly didn’t speak with reporters after Washington’s 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said after the game. “I think it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for it. Athletes in our country don’t deserve that. It just shows ignorance.”

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Below, watch the incident...

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ilovehomers's avatar

Daley, Byfuglien, Oduya, DuClair, Mayers, Emery.

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/18/18 at 08:34 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

There’s no way he reacts like that if all they were saying was “basketball.”

Posted by Hootinani on 02/18/18 at 03:54 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Isabelle Khurshudyan‏ tweet,

Smith-Pelly confirmed it was “basketball” that those fans were chanting at him last night. “I mean, it’s pretty obvious what that means. It’s not really a secret. It’s just one word, and that’s all it takes, whether it’s that word or any other word. I got the idea.”

Smith-Pelly: “It’s sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You’d think there’d be some sort of change or progression.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/18/18 at 03:57 PM ET

Paul's avatar

TSN has video of DSP talking about the incident today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/18/18 at 04:53 PM ET

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